How Much Hot Water Do I Need?
Oct24

How Much Hot Water Do I Need?

How much hot water do taps, showers, appliances, and various other items use in our homes? When considering a tankless water heater this is interesting information to know and understand. There are a few points here we need to get out of the way. Pipe diameter – it doesn’t matter what type of water heater you have a ½ inch copper pipe can only provide around 11-19 liters per minute (3-5 GPM) of water. Once you reach the peak...

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Compare an Electric Water Heater with a Tankless
Aug28

Compare an Electric Water Heater with a Tankless

Costs of an Electric Water Heater Compared to a Tankless First off let’s reiterate that this comparison has been done here in Ontario where electricity is not that expensive… That’s a joke; it is crazy how much we get taken advantage of… I don’t know which tank you have and I can only make an estimate that an electric water heater will roughly use about 5000 kWh per year.  Festival Hydro in London Ontario suggests that a...

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Water Heater Infographic
Apr25

Water Heater Infographic

Here’s a great water heater info graphic showing different facts and stats regarding your homes water heating source. Keep in mind that this is from the US Department of Energy and thus, a little skewed.  There are a few things I see that could be discussed a little further here in Ontario with regards to the type of system. Storage Tank The storage tank water heater graphic shows a con consisting of standby heat loss. Yes, that’s a...

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Comparing Tankless To Conventional Tank Water Heaters
Apr20

Comparing Tankless To Conventional Tank Water Heaters

In the past we had access to a thermal camera that cost several thousand dollars.  We thought it would be fun to take some pictures of a conventional hot water tank and really see where the system is losing energy and heat while comparing tankless.  Take a look at some of these pictures and see for yourself. As you can see the body of a conventional doesn’t really release that much warmth.  It was only a few degrees warmer than the...

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High Efficiency Water Heaters

Yes, when you think of high efficiency water heaters most people think of on demand or tankless water heaters.  Yet this shouldn’t be the case all the time.  There are a number of systems that are conventional tank type water heaters that now are trending in the high 90% efficiency rating.  These high efficiency water heaters range in size from 50 gallons to upwards of 200 gallons.  We talked about the Versa Hydro from HTP last week...

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High Efficiency Conventional Tank Water Heaters

In light of all this competition from tankless water heaters conventional storage tank manufactures have started to reinvent their systems.  The new storage tank water heaters are up to 96% efficient and have the ability to meet space heating requirements as well as domestic hot water needs. HTP Versa Series The HTP versa series are conventional tank type water heaters that not only provide domestic hot water but also can meet a...

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